How to Activate Your Apple Watch Step Counter

The easy way to make sure you hit 10,000 steps a day

What to Know

  • Press Digital Crown, tap the Activity app, and scroll to see Total Steps. Tap Weekly Summary for the week's activity.
  • On an iPhone, launch the Fitness app and view your Steps under Activity. Tap another day to view its activity totals.
  • Open the iPhone Fitness app, tap Sharing > Me. Tap the Share icon to send your step count and more to contacts.

This article explains how to check your step count on an Apple Watch and paired iPhone. We'll also explain how to view weekly summaries and step history and share your step count with contacts. 

How to Check Your Steps on Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch step counter is activated when you first set up your Apple Watch and configure the Activity app (you can also configure the Activity app later).

After setup, you can find the Apple Watch step counter (or pedometer) in the Activity app. Here's how to access the feature and see how many steps you've taken. 

  1. Press your Apple Watch Digital Crown and select Activity.

    If your watch face has an Activity Apple Watch complication, you can tap it to access Activity directly. 

  2. View your activity rings and statistics on your day's activity. 

    Apple watch with Activity app highlighted and rings shown
  3. Scroll past the Move, Exercise, and Stand statistics until you get to Total Steps to view your total step count.

    Apple Watch Activity app with Total Steps highlighted

    This section also tells you the total distance you've walked and how many flights of stairs you've climbed.

How to Check Your Step Counter on iPhone 

When your Apple Watch is paired and near your iPhone, you can also check how many steps you've taken through the iPhone's Fitness app.

  1. Launch the Fitness app.

  2. View your step count under Activity.

  3. In this section, you'll also see workouts, mindfulness information, fitness trends, and more.

    iPhone with Fitness app and step count highlighted

How to View Your Weekly Summary of Steps Walked

It's convenient to see how many steps you've walked in the past week. There's a quick way to do this on the Apple Watch.

  1. Press the Digital Crown to unlock your Apple Watch, and then select Activity.

  2. Scroll down and tap Weekly Summary.

  3. Scroll down to view the total steps you've taken for the week, along with other information. 

    Apple Watch with Activity app, Weekly Summary, and steps highlighted

    You can also see the distance you've traveled, calories you've actively burned, and the number of flights of stairs you've climbed.

How to View the History of Your Steps

Want to check how many steps you've taken on previous days? It's not possible to do so on an Apple Watch, but here's how to do it on an iPhone.

  1. Open the Fitness app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap anywhere in the Activity area.

  3. Tap a day of the week.

    Alternatively, tap the Calendar icon and choose any day in the past to view its stats.

  4. Scroll down to see the total steps taken on that day and other information.

    iPhone Fitness app with Activity, days of the week, and step count highlighted

How to Share Your Apple Watch Step Total With Others

You can share your step total and other activity with contacts and friends or share this information on social media.

  1. Launch the Fitness app on your iPhone and tap the Sharing tab.

  2. On the Sharing screen, you'll see the activity of people with whom you're friends on Apple Watch. However, you can share your step count with any contact.

    iPhone Fitness app with Sharing tap highlighted and sharing information shown
  3. Tap Me. You'll see a screen with your basic activity information. Tap the Share icon at the top right.

  4. Tap a contact or choose to share via the Messages app, email, or social media.

    iPhone Fitness app with Me, Share, and sharing options highlighted
  • How do I add the step counter to my Apple Watch face?

    First, make sure you're using a face that allows you to add your own complications (you can switch faces by tapping and holding the screen, then swiping from edge to edge across the face to change them). Next, tap and hold on the display until the Edit button appears and select Edit, and swipe to the end of the menu. Find the steps counter complication (if it's available for that face) and select it, then push the Digital Crown when finished to save your changes.

  • How do I manually add steps to my Apple Watch's step counter?

    To manually log steps, open the Health app on your iPhone and select Health Data, choose steps, then select the plus (+) icon in the top-right corner. After that, enter in the number of steps you want.

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